Three Dana Innovations companies — Sonance, TRUFIG, and iPort — are rolling out new products at CEDIA EXPO.
The Sonance products include the latest generation of Invisible Series in-wall speakers, a new in-wall subwoofer, and the brand’s second underground outdoor subwoofer.
For its part, TRUFIG is expanding its selection of kits that let installers flush-mount light switches, touch panels, keypads, electrical outlets, and the like into walls so they don’t protrude from the wall. The finished installs also lack visually obtrusive flanges and deliver a uniform industrial design from one installed product to another in the same room and house. The expansion includes the company’s first iPad wall-mount kit, first kits for HVAC grilles, and kits compatible with a wider selection of touchpanels.
For its part, iPort is launching an iPad 2 inductive charging system for table-top and in-wall placement.
Sonance: In the Sonance lineup, Dana is launching five new Invisible series speakers, which feature drivers covered by a flat radiating surface that in turn butts up against drywall to become part of the wall itself and painted to disappear from view. With the new models, Sonance redesigned the entire lineup to improve performance and deliver high-quality sound even when installers cover the panels with wallpaper, plaster or any material that is an eighth of an inch or less, said marketing director Simon Wehr.
The redesign improves treble and midrange accuracy and imaging, and bass response goes deeper, Wehr said.
The new Invisible speakers, due to ship in January, come with extruded-aluminum frame, depth adjustment shims, shallow mounting depth and optional back box. They include the IS2 two-way speaker, IS4 three-way, IS4 SST single stereo speaker, IS4C 70-volt speaker, and the ISW woofer. Pricing hasn’t been set.
In more traditional in-wall subwoofers, Sonance is adding a third model, this one designed to simplify retrofit installations. The Cinema Series In-Wall SUB 10-250 RETRO features integrated cabinet that fits directly into a drywall cutout or recess in a concrete or brick wall. Because the subwoofer is only 3 7/8-inches-deep, it can be mounted directly into a 15×15-inch cutout in a standard 2×4 stud bay. It can also be mounted in a ceiling and features magnetically attached grilles.
The RETRO sub is packaged with companion with outboard Class D amplifier at a suggested $2,500. Each amp can drive two subs. One amp with one subwoofer delivers subwoofer response down to 34Hz with 105dB of output at one meter. An amp driving two subs delivers 110dB of output at one meter.
In its Landscape speaker series, Sonance has begun shipping the $3,400-suggested LS12SUB in-ground 12-inch subwoofer, which joins a 10-inch in-ground subwoofer as well as two two-way landscape satellite speakers. The satellites are shaped like aimable outdoor lights that can be mounted in the ground or hung on trees.
The LS12SUB features 12-inch driver and 100 watts of power handling at 70 volts. The subwoofer enclosure ports up out of the ground into a round 13.9-inch brown canopy that blends into the landscape. The enclosure can also be installed above ground.
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